I couldn't agree with you more about the state being an impediment (and frankly, the agreement the state signed with the Mellon family when they took over the land prohibiting on site development/lodging). I've echoed that sentiment in other threads.
Based on a couple of various & reliable sources (newspaper source as well as a member of 7S mgmt), it is almost certain LM will not open this year. Given that, I'm not sure why some official announcement is not being made by the DCNR, Somerset Trust or 7S. People are probably making plans to rent homes in the LM Village area, especially around Christmas/New Year's (I'm one of them). So why not inform the public LM won't open this year. It doesn't make sense, unless there is still a slim hope of a last minute deal. 7S still has the LM website up.
On the bright side, however, there is reason to believe that there is a real possibility LM will reopen for the '06-'07 season... stay tuned.